US plans full European missile shield in 8 years By Jim Wolf Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:39pm EDT
WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. anti-ballistic missile systems will cover all of Europe by 2018, a senior Pentagon official said, laying out an ambitious target for defending against a perceived threat from Iran.
"One hundred percent," Bradley Roberts, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, said in reply to a question at a hearing of a House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee Thursday.
The United States is discussing the potential location of a forward-based Raytheon AN/TPY-2 radar station it wants to deploy in southern Europe by the end of next year, Roberts said. Phase 1 of Obama's plan also involves ships equipped with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) Aegis combat systems built for missile defense and SM-3 interceptors.